SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. March 11th


ON THIS DAY in 1903

bandleader Lawrence Welk was born in Strasburg North Dakota.

The Champagne Music Maker was, early on, a popular staple of radio station WNAX in Yankton South Dakota.  When he settled in for 10 years at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, his dance remotes developed a national radio following. In 1951 Welk began weekly appearances on KTLA Los Angeles, which led to an ABC television show beginning in 1955. His show was near the top of the ratings throughout the 1950’s and ’60s.  His big hit was the 1961 million seller, Calcutta.  He died from pneumonia May 17, 1992 at age 89.

In 1918, actor Al Eben was born in Philadelphia.  He is best remembered as Doc Bergman in more than 50 episodes of the original Hawaii Five-0 (1968-80) on CBS-TV.  He died July 24 2003 at age 85.

In 1919, songwriter/bandleader Mercer Ellington was born in Washington DC. As the only son of Duke Ellington, he led the Duke’s band after he died and for the musical about his life, Sophisticated Ladies.  He died of a heart attack Feb 8, 1996 at age 76.

Today’s Birthdays:

Media/sports FOX boss Rupert Murdoch is 86.

Former ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson is 83.

Actress Nancy Kovack (Bewitched, Burke’s Law) is 82.

Accordionist Flaco Jimenez of the Texas Tornadoes is 78.

Actress Tricia O’Neil (Murder She Wrote, Hart to Hart) is 72.

Actor Mark Metcalf (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) is 71.

Singer-keyboardist Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge is 70.

Singer Bobby McFerrin is 67.

Actress Susan Richardson (Eight is Enough) is 65.

Country singer Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers is 62.

Singer Nina Hagen is 62.

Singer Cheryl Lynn is 60.

Actor Robert Glenister (Law & Order: UK, Hustle) is 57.

Montreal-born actor Elias Koteas (Chicago PD, The Killing, Traffic, American Dad) is 56.

Actor Jeffrey Nordling (Desperate Housewives, Once & Again, 24) is 55.

Actress Barbara Alyn Woods (One Tree Hill, Honey I Shrunk the Kids-TV) is 55.

Actress Alex Kingston (ER) is 54.

Actor/producer/director Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, Chicago Hope) is 53.

Actress Emma Chambers (The Vicar of Dibbley) is 53.

Actor Wallace Langham (C.S.I., Veronica’s Closet, Larry Sanders Show) is 52.

Actor John Barrowman (Arrow, Torchwood, Doctor Who) is 50.

Singer Lisa Loeb is 49.

Singer Pete Droge is 48.

Actor Terrence Howard (Empire, Sparks, Street Time) is 48.

Keyboardist Rami Jaffee of The Wallflowers is 48.

Writer/actor Johnny Knoxville (Dudesons in America, Jackass) is 46.

Singers Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte are 38.

Actor David Anders (24, Heroes, Alias) is 36.

Singer/actress LeToya Luckett (Rosewood, Single Ladies, Treme) is 36.

Actress Thora Birch (Day by Day, Parenthood 1990) is 35.

Actress Lindsey McKeon (Guiding Light, One Tree Hill, Saved by the Bell: The New Class) is 35.

Actress Mircea Monroe (Episodes, Hart of Dixie) is 35.

Actress Lucy DeVito (Deadbeat, Melissa and Joey) is 34.

Dancer/TV personality Melissa Rycroft (Dancing with the Stars) is 34.

Actor Anton Yelchin (Huff) is 28.

Montreal-born actor Marc-Andre Grondin (Spotless) is 28. 

Actor Reiley McClendon (The Fosters) is 27.

Actress Sacha Parkinson (Coronation Street, Mr. Selfridge) is 25.


Chart Toppers – March 11

Oh, What It Seemed to Be – The Frankie Carle Orchestra (vocal: Marjorie Hughes)
Let It Snow – Vaughn Monroe
Symphony – The Freddy Martin Orchestra (vocal: Clyde Rogers)
Guitar Polka – Al Dexter

The Ballad of Davy Crockett – Bill Hayes
Sincerely – McGuire Sisters
Pledging My Love – Johnny Ace
In the Jailhouse Now – Webb Pierce

I Want to Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
She Loves You – The Beatles
Please Please Me – The Beatles
Saginaw, Michigan – Lefty Frizzell

Killing Me Softly with His Song – Roberta Flack
Love Train – O’Jays
Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001) – Deodato
’Til I Get It Right – Tammy Wynette

Centerfold – The J. Geils Band
Open Arms – Journey
I Love Rock ’N Roll – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
You’re the Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had – Ed Bruce

Someday – Mariah Carey
One More Try – Timmy -T-
Show Me the Way – Styx
I’d Love You All Over Again – Alan Jackson

Bye Bye Bye – ’N Sync
Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely – Backstreet Boys
Take A Picture – Filter
Smile – Lonestar


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